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Common Application Update & Reminders

The Common Application released these statistics (as of December 15, 2011) along with 2010* comparisons: Individuals Applicants  411,799 (+19%) Submissions  Applications  1,372,017 (+20%) School Reports   976,745 (+58%) Teacher Evaluations   1,640,864 (+57%) *compared to 12.15.10 REMINDERS: School Forms Delivery If you…

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Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer

The Choice, a New York Times blog, reviewed two recently published college admissions books  --  Don't Stalk the Admissions Officer: How to Survive the College Admissions Process without Losing Your Mind, for students, and I'm Going to College---Not You!: Surviving…

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Legacies Have Leg Up in College Admissions

Ever wonder about legacy preferences in college admissions?  Richard D. Kahlenberg’s book “Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions" examines legacy admission practices at a number of institutions including Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth. The Choice…

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New College Rankings from U.S. News and Forbes

U.S. News Best Colleges 2011 and Forbes America's Best Colleges 2010 have dominated the college admissions headlines recently. Not surprisingly, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale grabbed the U.S. New top three spots in the national university rankings followed by Columbia, Stanford,…

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College Admission Etiquette

Mom's advice about good manners can help you get accepted to college.   No joke!  Thank you notes (and emails) are effective ways to convey your appreciation and reinforce your interest. Many colleges track applicants' communications with admissions representatives, and may…

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College Guidebook Recommendations

Looking for college information, "insider advice" or assistance with essays and applications?   Check out these popular and well-regarded books:  Fiske College Guide 2009 College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the…

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